The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 12, 2012

Jeer school board

---- — Many times the "Cheers and Jeers" editorial column is accurate and timely. Jeering the Warrior Run Area Education Association for recommending that teachers adhere to the time mandated under their contract is not one of such times.

Teachers regularly spend time conferring with students, colleagues, and administrators beyond the scope of their defined duties. In addition to these extra hours, a good deal of time is spent during non-school hours preparing lessons, grading papers, designing bulletin boards, entering grades in computers and communicating with parents.

Thus, "cheers" are in order for each hard working teacher.

"Jeers" should be reserved for the Board of Education that has been unable or unwilling to negotiate an acceptable contract to replace one that has been expired for 18 months. Perhaps those jeers will motivate the board to negotiate in good faith.

The community is urged to contact board members to encourage them to negotiate and bring this process to a conclusion. May the season of Love and Peace be a good motivator!

Priscilla Lanks, Lewisburg